Saturday and Sunday - Jan 14th & 15th were done using a stencil from http://www.artistcellar.com/. It's one from their fabulous cathedral series. I used Heavy Structure Gel from Galleria and pushed it over the stencil with a pallet knife. Then all it needed was several coats of various metalic paints and powders. I love sprinkling Pearl Ex Pigment powders (sold by Jacquard) over wet paint and just burnishing it in. Two of my favorite colors are Spring Green and Super Copper. After I had done both facing pages I decided I wanted to try and add a tip in of a stained glass window. To do this, I took a piece of acetate (overhead transparency) and glued pieces of tissue paper to it. Next I took another piece of acetate and stenciled the same design on it. Once both were dry I placed them faces together and sealed the edges with copper foil tape.
For Monday the 16th I followed one of Effy's collage tutorials and made a really cute page with an owl on it. I then decided that a flip out tree would do the thing to bring the piece together. I used a timecard and put a tree on it with a big owl hole in the middle so you could see the owl behind it (inside the tree). It was a very fun page to do.
All I can say about this next piece (Tuesday 17th - Friday 20th) is that it is ONE HOT MESS! lol! I got these awsome henna hand stencils in from Tracey Bunker and placed them on a painted background and then used acrylics. Had I left it there I would have been happier with it, but I decided to add a rubon on the left hand of a blue chrysantumum and while I was rubbing it off, the curly pink thing stuck to the page, so I had to rub it off too - argh!... well it was all downhill from there. At the point I added the I LOVE ART bit to the right hand side I was just trying to see how obnoxious I could make the page! lol! I think it's best if we just leave it behind....
For the weekend of January 21-22 I decided to do a "Mother/Maiden/Crone" spread. On sunday I turned 50 and I thought it would be a nice way to commemorate the passage into crone-dom! lol! This is the first old lady I've drawn/painted and for a first I was pretty happy with it. Happy Birthday to me!
I got behind the week of Jan 23-29 and come Sunday I had nothing on a page for a week. I had recently seen an idea of putting little boxes on the page for a whole month, so that a spread would have all the days in that particular month on it. I thought it would be a good idea for a "catchup" situation like I found myself, and so I used it below. I am a big fan of Teesha Moore (okay, I like Tracy's work too!) and have wanted to try it for a long time. So below is my first effort. It was sooooo much fun! I cut the dogs out of a magazine and found some human eyes for them and cut out some crowns. The dog on the left wrinkled as I was glueing it down so I decided he was a BAD DOG and the black one (which didn't wrinkle) was the GOOD DOG! lol! I just can't explain how much I loved doing this piece and have already planned Monday's spread in the same fashion!
For those of you who have asked about my lettering, I'll be adding a tutorial soon on how to do it. You don't need anything special to do it, no special pens or ink pen nibs. I did the lettering above with a PITT pen, but have used all types of pens with equal success!